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Master's degree

Master of Engineering Studies

03 October 2023

Study a Master of Engineering Studies through Te Kaupeka Pūhanga | Faculty of Engineering at University of Canterbury.


Master of Engineering Studies

Degree Structure - Duration
1 year full-time


Master of Engineering Studies

Degree Structure - Start In
Semester 1 or 2 (February or July)




2025 tuition fees estimate per 120 points:

  • Domestic — to be confirmed
  • International — $49,900


Master of Engineering Studies


The Master of Engineering Studies caters for professional engineers seeking advanced technical training, and is a taught-coursework master's degree with no thesis or research requirement. The MEngSt comprises a combination of 400 and 600-level courses that enables you to study a broad range of topics in your general area of expertise.

The MEngSt may be awarded endorsed in:


Master of Engineering Studies

Entry requirements

You will need to have completed one of the following from an Aotearoa New Zealand university:

Relevance and standard of previous study is the main criteria for approval.

You must have completed both the academic and non-academic requirements of your prerequisite degree. This includes practical work days, work reports, a workshop training course, and a first aid certificate. The programme of study must be approved.

If English is your additional language, you are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.

For the full entry requirements, see the Regulations for the Master of Engineering Studies or use the admission requirements checker.

How to apply

You can apply online at myUC.

See Admission and enrolment for all information on enrolling at UC.

Master of Engineering Studies

Further study

UC offers a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) qualification in a variety of engineering subjects, including Civil Engineering, Earthquake Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Transportation Engineering.

Master of Engineering Studies

Career opportunities

Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits eg, specialist skills and enhanced knowledge, entry into specific occupations, higher starting salary/progression rates, research capability/achievement, and evidence of high academic attainment/self-discipline.

Useful information:


2025 tuition fees estimate (per 120 points):

  • Domestic — to be confirmed
  • International — $49,900

2024 tuition fees estimate (per 120 points):

  • Domestic — $9,572
  • International — $48,000

SSL estimate (per 120 points):

  • 2025 — to be confirmed
  • 2024 — $1,100.40

Master of Engineering Studies

How do I plan my degree?

The MEngSt may be unendorsed, or awarded endorsed in the subjects below:


The MEngSt is made up of 120 points:

  • Students doing an endorsement will complete 75 points of courses at 600-level in their relevant endorsement listed within Schedule S to the Master of Engineering Studies, and the remaining 45 points of courses are selected from an approved list of electives.
  • Students doing their degree unendorsed need to select 75 points of courses at 600-level from an approved list of electives, and the remaining 75 points from a secondary list of electives.

The MEngSt takes 1 year full-time or 5 years part-time. Study for the degree will normally be full-time, but you can be approved for part-time enrolment.

For full requirements, see the Regulations for the Master of Engineering Studies.


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